Medics vow to promote professionalism

Rwanda Medical Association (RMA) has vowed to increase capacity building to ensure that doctors provide specialized and quality services. The association`s Chairman, Dr. Stephen Rulisa, said that mechanisms being put in place will give doctors access to required information based on research to enable them deal with various cases.
The Minister of Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho (R) talks to the RMC president Dr. Innocent Gakwaya (C) and Dr. Stephen Rulisa, RMA president after opening the RMC meeting yesterday.The New Times / J. Mbanda
The Minister of Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho (R) talks to the RMC president Dr. Innocent Gakwaya (C) and Dr. Stephen Rulisa, RMA president after opening the RMC meeting yesterday.The New Times / J. Mbanda

Rwanda Medical Association (RMA) has vowed to increase capacity building to ensure that doctors provide specialized and quality services.

The association`s Chairman, Dr. Stephen Rulisa, said that mechanisms being put in place will give doctors access to required information based on research to enable them deal with various cases.

He made the remarks while addressing the media during the body`s annual General Assembly that took in place in Kigali yesterday.

“We do not want them (doctors) to relax, just because they have degrees in medicine.

“They need constant training and access to information that will enable them deal with emerging diseases that break out every now and then,” Rulisa said.

He explained that on top of engaging doctors in research studies and linking them to other professional bodies outside the country, the association is also mooting a training programme known as Continuing Development Programme (CDP).

 “It’s very challenging for doctors to deal with new cases, especially diseases they may not have information about. This programme is therefore critical,” he said.

The guest of honour, Health Minister, Agnes Binagwaho, encouraged the doctors to work even harder.

“We now have enough equipment, therefore, we just need to work together to do away with any wrong perception that may still be prevalent regarding healthcare provision,” Binagwaho said.

Speaking to The New Times, some doctors who attended the meeting welcomed the move saying it would play a major role in improving their day-to-day activities.

“These trainings and effort to make practitioners respect our ethics creates public respect and confidence, thereby giving us proper direction in our services,” said Dr Kayitesi Kayitenkore.

The President of Rwanda Medical Council (RMC), Innocent Gakwaya, said that a lot had been achieved in making sure doctors and patients trust each other basing on set standards.

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